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Concern What to do/normals Call provider if...
Fever; baby feels hot or is fussy Take the baby’s rectal temperature or temperature under the arm Temperature more than 100.4
Feeding poorly; sleeping longer than normal Newborns sleep up to 16 hours a day; take the baby’s temperature You notice behavioral changes, the baby does not appear alert or has no energy to eat
Breathing difficulties Occasional fast or slow breathing is normal Flaring nostrils, labored breathing, wheezing, coughing, lips or tongue are blue or gray
Stuffy nose Sneezing is normal if drainage is minimal or clear Unable to sleep or feed because of stuffiness or colored mucus drainage
Mouth Small, white round spots on the top of the roof of the mouth are normal; they are called Epstein Pearls Redness and/or white patches on the tongue and sides of the mouth can be thrush
Eyes Clear tears or crusty areas. Be sure to wipe the eye from the inner canthus to the outer canthus. Swelling, redness, or colored drainage
Frequent dry diapers Newborns have fewer dry or dirty diapers in the first three days Beyond four-five days less than six-eight wet diapers
Diarrhea Newborns have frequent watery stools for six-12 days Stools are all liquid, bloody, contain mucus or have an unusual odor
Vomiting Spitting up is common Baby is projectile vomiting or vomiting continuously
Umbilical cord Keep the cord dry. Clean the base of the cord three-four times a day using a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol on it Swollen, smelly, red, bleeding or if the skin around the cord is red and peeling
Skin rash Babies can have red bumps on their face and body. This is normal and called newborn acne. Babies can have white bumps on their nose and face. This is normal and called milia. If you notice rash spreading or red and inflamed

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics